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Who is Salomee Speelt?

Salomee Speelt is a “mixed media” collective founded by Noémi Schlosser in 2004. The company brings together artists from a variety of milieu (film, music, visual arts, animation) and provides a dynamic forum for them to create innovative theatre.

Salomee Speelt works from a particular concept and is inspired by Russian Constructivism and Russian avant-garde film. Different elements (images, music, text) are juxtaposed in a collage that draws the viewers in and allows them to become active participants in creating the final story. By placing different media together to form a collage we let pictures, actors, music and installations come together, sometimes forming a whole, sometimes opposing each other, like actors in a dialogue. In this context, each viewer will inevitably have a different understanding of the whole story that is a function of personal ethics, emotions, and experiences. It allows the audience to assemble the pieces of the puzzle and solve it themselves. In the preocess they experience something that becomes personal and therefore meaningful, instead of being only spectators.

We want to surprise our audiences with fresh approaches, characters and virtuosity. For every presentation we seek out the best possible actors, musicians, composers and designers regardless of their own theatrical or artistic comfort zones. We do not want to let ourselves become pinned down by a fixed collaboration. 

Salomee Speelt makes no attempt to adhere to a particular style, either with respect to texts or themes. The ability to play repertory pieces in addition to our own scripts and to bring all kinds of material together is our greatest strength. We work with opera, electro, jazz, video-art, movies, animation,and visual art installations, both in theaters and on location projects.

Salomee Speelt is preoccupied with three major themes:

  • people in extraordinary circumstances,
  • the place of the individual in society, and
  • what happens when individuals do not follow their own choices and instead blindly follow society’s expectations 

 

NOEMI SCHLOSSER

Noemi was born on November 7, 1978 in Antwerp as the first daughter of two artists, Petr Schlosser, painter originally Czech but born in London during WW2  and the French speaking mother Tereze Brichart, painter and sculptress. This rich international cultural background was without doubt the fertile ground for her theatrical career and made her trilingual from the start speaking French, English and Dutch from a young age.

Being raised in a house where art was the main focus of every day life, it was at the age of 6 that Noemi decided she wanted to get on stage and perform. From that point on everything she did was to achieve this goal. She graduated in 1997 from the Lyceum of Antwerp with a diploma of Latin/Greec studies , while meanwhile studying theater, diction, theaterhistory, song and dance in her free time on evenings and weekends.

In 1997 she was accepted at the Hoger Herman Teirlinck Institute option Theatre Dora van der Groen where she graduated cum laude under Ivo van Hove in 2001. At the same time she graduated in the Master art teaching program.

She starts as a freelancer and gets first roles as well in the Belgian theater scene  as in Performance arts with the award winning international success show ‘Smile off your face” Ontroerend Goed winner Edinburgh Festival 2007. Here and there she is invited on teeveeshows and to shoot commercials but this is “to pay the rent” as her only passion remains theater.

In 2004 Noemi started the mixed media theater company Salomee Speelt. This company has received funds, subsides and grants throughout the world and has touched on different styles and repertoire and performed in Europe, Israel, Morocco and the USA.

In 2007 Noemi received residency at the Arenbergschouwburg Antwerpen.

In 2008/9 Noemi curated the Year of Jewish Culture of Antwerp.

In 2011 selected and finalist for OPERARE BERLIN and PAIDEIA SWEDEN, where she takes part in weeklong artist retreats and creates and developes new shows . She is also asked to be joining the international Jewish group ROI, as well as invited to join the League of Professional  Woman in the Theatre in the USA as well as the American Jewish Theatre Association (AJT)

2011/12 Noemi is Artist in Residence in Chicago for ShPieL, where she creates 3 shows, plays in 2, directs her first full production, gives masterclasses in acting at Lookingglass theater and during the AJTmeetings at UCLA.  She  gave seminars on self producing in Montreal for LeMood Montreal. She also finished in December Holocaust studies at Yad Vashem, Jeruzalem.

In 2013 Noemi has already opened a new show in January, been selected for a Masterclass at Troubleyn Jan Fabre with Viviane de Muynck in February, and continues with seminars in NYC ( 6 points fellowship) . In May Noemi was invited to join the International Forum of TheaterTreffen, 50 Edition of the Berliner Festspiele.

Noemi has travelled extensively through the world to brighten her horizon and get inspired. She has a special interest in modern history. Her passion was brought to her by her parents.

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